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Stinging Insect Identification & Prevention

What are stinging insects?

Stinging insects such as bees, yellow jackets, wasps, and hornets are common pests on residential properties. Although we categorize them all as stinging insects, these insects vary from each other in size, temper, nesting habits, and more. Furthermore, they will differ depending on the individual species. 

Some stinging insects near your home are solitary, which means they live alone, while others are social, living and depending on their colony to survive. In the same sense, many stinging insects are pollinators, and some are predators.

Did you know yellow jackets and hornets are types of wasps? It's true. There are many species of bees, wasps, and hornets, so getting proper identification is essential before starting treatment.

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Are stinging insects dangerous?

Because stinging insects don't usually bother people unless they feel threatened, they are not necessarily dangerous. However, it doesn't take much to disturb one, provoking them to sting. Still, a sting from one of these pests is usually painful but not dangerous to your health unless you are allergic.

It's best to keep your distance from stinging insects and contact professionals for pest control services.

Why do I have a stinging insect problem?

One of the most common reasons why stinging insects become a problem is available food sources. Depending on the type of stinging insect you are experiencing, you could attract them with flowering plants or prey pests. When pests find a reliable food source, they will also seek a protected place to build their nests. 

Where will I find stinging insects?

You may find stinging insects just about anywhere on a residential property. It often depends on the stinging insect you are dealing with, as some prefer to build their nests up high, while others choose underground cavities. In some cases, these pests squeeze through damaged siding on the exterior of your home and build nests inside the walls.

How do I get rid of stinging insects?

Trying to get rid of a stinging insect nest on your own can put you and others in danger of being stung or swarmed, so it's best to leave this work to Anderson pest professionals who know how to handle them. You can contact us at Priority Pest And Contracting, Inc. if you are experiencing an issue with stinging insects or want to prevent one from happening.

Call our team at Priority Pest And Contracting, Inc. Our technicians are ready to assist you with the residential and commercial pest control treatments and services you need to have a stinging insect-free property.

How can I prevent stinging insects in the future?

While you should leave stinging insect removal to professionals, you can implement preventative pest control methods on your own. These methods include:

  • Removing any debris where stinging insects can build nests, such as logs, stumps, firewood, and rock piles.
  • Filling in ground holes and keeping garbage cans closed to prevent stinging insects from building nests inside.
  • Inspecting the exterior of your home for places where stinging insects can get inside.
  • Eliminating standing water such as bird baths, ponds, and other water features.
  • Keeping the foliage in your yard maintained.
  • Reducing the flowering plants in your yard and addressing prey pest problems to keep from attracting stinging insects.

For more stinging insect prevention tips and to get the home pest control services you need, call us at Priority Pest And Contracting, Inc.

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